Dr Jiren Xu

  • Lecturer in Remote Sensing & GIS (Social & Environmental Sustainability)

telephone: 01387702091
email: Jiren.Xu@glasgow.ac.uk
pronouns: He/him/his

Import to contacts

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2949-5353

Biography

I joined the University of Glasgow as a Lecturer in Remote Sensing & GIS in April 2023. Prior to joining the University of Glasgow, I worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds and as a Research Associate at the University of Glasgow after I graduated with my PhD in Physical Geography at the University of Leeds in 2019.

As an environmental scientist with an interdisciplinary background, I have developed expertise in applying GIS, remote sensing and process-based modelling in ecosystem services, nature-based solutions to climate change adaptation and mitigation, and sustainable development studies. The results of my interdisciplinary research are reflected in more than 30 publications (incl. 1 paper in Nature Sustainability and  2 papers in Nature Climate Change). My research has been identified as two top 1% ESI Highly Cited Papers, featured in the media (e.g. The Times), and quoted in governmental policies (e.g. England Peatland Action Plan). I have developed PEATMAP, one of the most popular global peatland maps which has been cited more than 500 times, and widely used by scientists and policymakers (e.g., The 2022 UN Nationally determined contributions under the Paris Agreement. Synthesis report by the secretariat)

Since 2019, I have worked on two EU Horizon 2020-funded projects (WaterLANDS; OPERANDUM), three UKRI-funded projects (Social and environmental impacts of Covid-19 pandemic in Vietnamese provinces bordering China and Laos following border closure; River basins as ‘living laboratories’ for achieving sustainable development goals across national and sub-national scales; Discipline Hopping interdisciplinary peatland project) and two internal projects (Sustainable development of Asia’s deltas; Nature-based solution for reducing flood risk and achieving net-zero in the River Nith Catchment). As an ‌ambassador of The National Centre for Resilience, I am carrying out research on peatlands and the role they can play, as a nature-based solution, in mitigating cascading hazards in Scotland. I have collaborated broadly with national and international stakeholders and cross-disciplinary researchers throughout my research and knowledge exchange activities.

Research interests

  • GIS and remote sensing;
  • Wetland (especially in peatland);
  • Process-based modelling in ecosystem services;
  • Nature-based solutions to climate change adaptation and mitigation;
  • Sustainable development studies;

Publications

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Number of items: 32.

2023

Fischer, A. P., Shah, M. A. R., Segnon, A. C., Matavel, C., Antwi-Agyei, P., Shang, Y., Muir, M., Kaufmann, R. and The Global Adaptation Mapping Team, (2023) Human adaptation to climate change in the context of forests: A systematic review. Climate Risk Management, 43, 100573. (doi: 10.1016/j.crm.2023.100573)

Petzold, J. et al. (2023) A global assessment of actors and their roles in climate change adaptation. Nature Climate Change, (doi: 10.1038/s41558-023-01824-z) (Early Online Publication)

Shah, M. A. R. et al. (2023) Quantifying the effects of nature-based solutions in reducing risks from hydrometeorological hazards: examples from Europe. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 93, 103771. (doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2023.103771)

Li, C., Lu, T., Wang, S. and Xu, J. (2023) Coupled Thorens and Soil Conservation Service models for soil erosion assessment in a Loess Plateau watershed, China. Remote Sensing, 15(3), 803. (doi: 10.3390/rs15030803)

Simpson, N.P. et al. (2023) Adaptation to compound climate risks: a systematic global stocktake. iScience, 26(2), 105926. (doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2023.105926) (PMID:36866045) (PMCID:PMC9971900)

Petzold, J., Joe, E. T., Kelman, I., Magnan, A. K., Mirbach, C., Nagle Alverio, G., Nunn, P. D., Ratter, B. M. W. and The Global Adaptation Mapping Initiative Team, . (2023) Between tinkering and transformation: a contemporary appraisal of climate change adaptation research on the world's islands. Frontiers in Climate, 4, 1072231. (doi: 10.3389/fclim.2022.1072231)

2022

Zvobgo, L., Johnston, P., Williams, P. A., Trisos, C. H., Simpson, N. P. and The Global Adaptation Mapping Initiative Team, (2022) The role of indigenous knowledge and local knowledge in water sector adaptation to climate change in Africa: a structured assessment. Sustainability Science, 17(5), pp. 2077-2092. (doi: 10.1007/s11625-022-01118-x)

Xu, J. , Barrett, B. and Renaud, F. G. (2022) Ecosystem services and disservices in the Luanhe River Basin in China under past, current and future land uses: implications for the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability Science, 17(4), pp. 1347-1364. (doi: 10.1007/s11625-021-01078-8) (PMID:35035586) (PMCID:PMC8741573)

Xu, J. , Renaud, F. G. and Barrett, B. (2022) Modelling land system evolution and dynamics of terrestrial carbon stocks in the Luanhe River Basin, China: a scenario analysis of trade-offs and synergies between Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability Science, 17(4), pp. 1323-1345. (doi: 10.1007/s11625-021-01004-y) (PMID:34306239) (PMCID:PMC8282888)

Zhao, J., Chen, H., Liang, Q., Xia, X., Xu, J. , Hoey, T. , Barrett, B. , Renaud, F. G. , Bosher, L. and Zhou, X. (2022) Large-scale flood risk assessment under different development strategies: the Luanhe River Basin in China. Sustainability Science, 17(4), pp. 1365-1384. (doi: 10.1007/s11625-021-01034-6)

Zhou, X. et al. (2022) Development of an SDG interlinkages analysis model at the river basin scale: a case study in the Luanhe River Basin, China. Sustainability Science, 17(4), pp. 1405-1433. (doi: 10.1007/s11625-021-01065-z)

Leal Filho, W. et al. (2022) Understanding responses to climate-related water scarcity in Africa. Science of the Total Environment, 806(1), 150420. (doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.150420) (PMID:34571220)

2021

Berrang-Ford, L. et al. (2021) A systematic global stocktake of evidence on human adaptation to climate change. Nature Climate Change, 11(11), pp. 989-1000. (doi: 10.1038/s41558-021-01170-y)

Malcolm, A. et al. (2021) Equity in human adaptation-related responses: a systematic global review. One Earth, 4(10), pp. 1454-1467. (doi: 10.1016/j.oneear.2021.09.001)

Thomas, A. et al. (2021) Global evidence of constraints and limits to human adaptation. Regional Environmental Change, 21(3), 85. (doi: 10.1007/s10113-021-01808-9)

McDowell, G. et al. (2021) Closing the adaptation gap in mountains. Mountain Research and Development, 41(3), A1-A10. (doi: 10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-21-00033.1)

Xu, J. , Barrett, B. and Renaud, F. (2021) Modelling Dynamics of Land Use and Ecosystem Services Changes in the Luanhe River Basin in China. EGU General Assembly 2021, 19-30 Apr 2021. (doi: 10.5194/egusphere-egu21-1258)

Scheelbeek, P. F.D. et al. (2021) The effects on public health of climate change adaptation responses: a systematic review of evidence from low- and middle-income countries. Environmental Research Letters, 16(7), 073001. (doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/ac092c) (PMCID:PMC8276060)

Turek-Hankins, L. L. et al. (2021) Climate change adaptation to extreme heat: a global systematic review of implemented action. Oxford Open Climate Change, 1(1), kgab005. (doi: 10.1093/oxfclm/kgab005)

2020

Xu, J. , Morris, P.J., Liu, J., Ledesma, J.L.J. and Holden, J. (2020) Increased dissolved organic carbon concentrations in peat‐fed UK water supplies under future climate and sulfate deposition scenarios. Water Resources Research, 56(1), e2019WR025. (doi: 10.1029/2019WR025592)

2019

Xu, J. , Morris, P., Liu, J., Ledesma, J. and Holden, J. (2019) Future Dissolved Organic Carbon Export Dynamics in Peatland-derived Potable Water Supply Catchments in the UK. EGU General Assembly 2019, Vienna, Austria, 07-12 Apr 2019.

2018

Xu, J. (2018) Study on spectral analysis and migration characteristics of heavy metals in reclaimed soil. In: Dong, J.-h. (ed.) Spectral Analysis and Migration Characteristics of Heavy Metals in Reclaimed Soils in Mining Areas. China University of Mining and Technology Press. ISBN 9787564639723

Xu, J. , Morris, P. J., Liu, J. and Holden, J. (2018) Hotspots of peatland-derived potable water use identified by global analysis. Nature Sustainability, 1(5), pp. 246-253. (doi: 10.1038/s41893-018-0064-6)

Xu, J. , Morris, P. J., Liu, J. and Holden, J. (2018) PEATMAP: refining estimates of global peatland distribution based on a meta-analysis. CATENA, 160, pp. 134-140. (doi: 10.1016/j.catena.2017.09.010)

2017

Dai, W., Dong, J., Yan, W. and Xu, J. (2017) Study on each phase characteristics of the whole coal life cycle and their ecological risk assessment—a case of coal in China. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 24(2), pp. 1296-1305. (doi: 10.1007/s11356-016-7808-5)

Xu, J. , Morris, P. and Holden, J. (2017) How Important are Peatlands Globally in Providing Drinking Water Resources? EGU General Assembly 2017, Vienna, Austria, 24-28 Apr 2017.

2016

Dong, J., Dai, W., Xu, J. and Li, S. (2016) Spectral estimation model construction of heavy metals in mining reclamation areas. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(7), 640. (doi: 10.3390/ijerph13070640) (PMID:27367708) (PMCID:PMC4962181)

2015

Dong, J., Dai, W., Shao, G. and Xu, J. (2015) Ecological network construction based on minimum cumulative resistance for the City of Nanjing, China. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 4(4), pp. 2045-2060. (doi: 10.3390/ijgi4042045)

Xu, J. , Dong, J., Wu, L., Shao, G. and Yang, H. (2015) Land Use/Cover Change and its Impact on Net Primary Productivity in Huangfuchuan Watershed Temperate Grassland, China. In: 2nd International Conference on Geo-Informatics in Resource Management and Sustainable Ecosystem (GRMSE 2014), Ypsilanti, MI, USA, 03-05 Oct 2014, pp. 664-683. ISBN 9783662457368 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-662-45737-5_65)

2014

Xu, J.-R. , Dong, J.-H., Yang, Y.-X., Tan, K. and Cheng, W. (2014) Support vector machine model for predicting the cadmium concentration of soil-wheat system in mine reclamation farmland using hyperspectral data. Guangzi Xuebao, 43(5), 0530001. (doi: 10.3788/gzxb20144305.0530001)

2013

Xu, J.-R. and Dong, J.-H. (2013) Landscape pattern change and its driving force of Nansihu Wetlands during 1987-2010. Wetland Science, 11(4), pp. 438-445.

Xu, J.-R. and Dong, J.-H. (2013) Response of ecosystem in service value to changes in landscape pattern of the Nansi Lake Wetland. Journal of Ecology and Rural Environment, 29(4), pp. 471-477.

This list was generated on Sun Feb 25 16:17:04 2024 GMT.
Number of items: 32.

Articles

Fischer, A. P., Shah, M. A. R., Segnon, A. C., Matavel, C., Antwi-Agyei, P., Shang, Y., Muir, M., Kaufmann, R. and The Global Adaptation Mapping Team, (2023) Human adaptation to climate change in the context of forests: A systematic review. Climate Risk Management, 43, 100573. (doi: 10.1016/j.crm.2023.100573)

Petzold, J. et al. (2023) A global assessment of actors and their roles in climate change adaptation. Nature Climate Change, (doi: 10.1038/s41558-023-01824-z) (Early Online Publication)

Shah, M. A. R. et al. (2023) Quantifying the effects of nature-based solutions in reducing risks from hydrometeorological hazards: examples from Europe. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 93, 103771. (doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2023.103771)

Li, C., Lu, T., Wang, S. and Xu, J. (2023) Coupled Thorens and Soil Conservation Service models for soil erosion assessment in a Loess Plateau watershed, China. Remote Sensing, 15(3), 803. (doi: 10.3390/rs15030803)

Simpson, N.P. et al. (2023) Adaptation to compound climate risks: a systematic global stocktake. iScience, 26(2), 105926. (doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2023.105926) (PMID:36866045) (PMCID:PMC9971900)

Petzold, J., Joe, E. T., Kelman, I., Magnan, A. K., Mirbach, C., Nagle Alverio, G., Nunn, P. D., Ratter, B. M. W. and The Global Adaptation Mapping Initiative Team, . (2023) Between tinkering and transformation: a contemporary appraisal of climate change adaptation research on the world's islands. Frontiers in Climate, 4, 1072231. (doi: 10.3389/fclim.2022.1072231)

Zvobgo, L., Johnston, P., Williams, P. A., Trisos, C. H., Simpson, N. P. and The Global Adaptation Mapping Initiative Team, (2022) The role of indigenous knowledge and local knowledge in water sector adaptation to climate change in Africa: a structured assessment. Sustainability Science, 17(5), pp. 2077-2092. (doi: 10.1007/s11625-022-01118-x)

Xu, J. , Barrett, B. and Renaud, F. G. (2022) Ecosystem services and disservices in the Luanhe River Basin in China under past, current and future land uses: implications for the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability Science, 17(4), pp. 1347-1364. (doi: 10.1007/s11625-021-01078-8) (PMID:35035586) (PMCID:PMC8741573)

Xu, J. , Renaud, F. G. and Barrett, B. (2022) Modelling land system evolution and dynamics of terrestrial carbon stocks in the Luanhe River Basin, China: a scenario analysis of trade-offs and synergies between Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability Science, 17(4), pp. 1323-1345. (doi: 10.1007/s11625-021-01004-y) (PMID:34306239) (PMCID:PMC8282888)

Zhao, J., Chen, H., Liang, Q., Xia, X., Xu, J. , Hoey, T. , Barrett, B. , Renaud, F. G. , Bosher, L. and Zhou, X. (2022) Large-scale flood risk assessment under different development strategies: the Luanhe River Basin in China. Sustainability Science, 17(4), pp. 1365-1384. (doi: 10.1007/s11625-021-01034-6)

Zhou, X. et al. (2022) Development of an SDG interlinkages analysis model at the river basin scale: a case study in the Luanhe River Basin, China. Sustainability Science, 17(4), pp. 1405-1433. (doi: 10.1007/s11625-021-01065-z)

Leal Filho, W. et al. (2022) Understanding responses to climate-related water scarcity in Africa. Science of the Total Environment, 806(1), 150420. (doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.150420) (PMID:34571220)

Berrang-Ford, L. et al. (2021) A systematic global stocktake of evidence on human adaptation to climate change. Nature Climate Change, 11(11), pp. 989-1000. (doi: 10.1038/s41558-021-01170-y)

Malcolm, A. et al. (2021) Equity in human adaptation-related responses: a systematic global review. One Earth, 4(10), pp. 1454-1467. (doi: 10.1016/j.oneear.2021.09.001)

Thomas, A. et al. (2021) Global evidence of constraints and limits to human adaptation. Regional Environmental Change, 21(3), 85. (doi: 10.1007/s10113-021-01808-9)

McDowell, G. et al. (2021) Closing the adaptation gap in mountains. Mountain Research and Development, 41(3), A1-A10. (doi: 10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-21-00033.1)

Scheelbeek, P. F.D. et al. (2021) The effects on public health of climate change adaptation responses: a systematic review of evidence from low- and middle-income countries. Environmental Research Letters, 16(7), 073001. (doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/ac092c) (PMCID:PMC8276060)

Turek-Hankins, L. L. et al. (2021) Climate change adaptation to extreme heat: a global systematic review of implemented action. Oxford Open Climate Change, 1(1), kgab005. (doi: 10.1093/oxfclm/kgab005)

Xu, J. , Morris, P.J., Liu, J., Ledesma, J.L.J. and Holden, J. (2020) Increased dissolved organic carbon concentrations in peat‐fed UK water supplies under future climate and sulfate deposition scenarios. Water Resources Research, 56(1), e2019WR025. (doi: 10.1029/2019WR025592)

Xu, J. , Morris, P. J., Liu, J. and Holden, J. (2018) Hotspots of peatland-derived potable water use identified by global analysis. Nature Sustainability, 1(5), pp. 246-253. (doi: 10.1038/s41893-018-0064-6)

Xu, J. , Morris, P. J., Liu, J. and Holden, J. (2018) PEATMAP: refining estimates of global peatland distribution based on a meta-analysis. CATENA, 160, pp. 134-140. (doi: 10.1016/j.catena.2017.09.010)

Dai, W., Dong, J., Yan, W. and Xu, J. (2017) Study on each phase characteristics of the whole coal life cycle and their ecological risk assessment—a case of coal in China. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 24(2), pp. 1296-1305. (doi: 10.1007/s11356-016-7808-5)

Dong, J., Dai, W., Xu, J. and Li, S. (2016) Spectral estimation model construction of heavy metals in mining reclamation areas. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(7), 640. (doi: 10.3390/ijerph13070640) (PMID:27367708) (PMCID:PMC4962181)

Dong, J., Dai, W., Shao, G. and Xu, J. (2015) Ecological network construction based on minimum cumulative resistance for the City of Nanjing, China. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 4(4), pp. 2045-2060. (doi: 10.3390/ijgi4042045)

Xu, J.-R. , Dong, J.-H., Yang, Y.-X., Tan, K. and Cheng, W. (2014) Support vector machine model for predicting the cadmium concentration of soil-wheat system in mine reclamation farmland using hyperspectral data. Guangzi Xuebao, 43(5), 0530001. (doi: 10.3788/gzxb20144305.0530001)

Xu, J.-R. and Dong, J.-H. (2013) Landscape pattern change and its driving force of Nansihu Wetlands during 1987-2010. Wetland Science, 11(4), pp. 438-445.

Xu, J.-R. and Dong, J.-H. (2013) Response of ecosystem in service value to changes in landscape pattern of the Nansi Lake Wetland. Journal of Ecology and Rural Environment, 29(4), pp. 471-477.

Book Sections

Xu, J. (2018) Study on spectral analysis and migration characteristics of heavy metals in reclaimed soil. In: Dong, J.-h. (ed.) Spectral Analysis and Migration Characteristics of Heavy Metals in Reclaimed Soils in Mining Areas. China University of Mining and Technology Press. ISBN 9787564639723

Conference or Workshop Item

Xu, J. , Barrett, B. and Renaud, F. (2021) Modelling Dynamics of Land Use and Ecosystem Services Changes in the Luanhe River Basin in China. EGU General Assembly 2021, 19-30 Apr 2021. (doi: 10.5194/egusphere-egu21-1258)

Xu, J. , Morris, P., Liu, J., Ledesma, J. and Holden, J. (2019) Future Dissolved Organic Carbon Export Dynamics in Peatland-derived Potable Water Supply Catchments in the UK. EGU General Assembly 2019, Vienna, Austria, 07-12 Apr 2019.

Xu, J. , Morris, P. and Holden, J. (2017) How Important are Peatlands Globally in Providing Drinking Water Resources? EGU General Assembly 2017, Vienna, Austria, 24-28 Apr 2017.

Conference Proceedings

Xu, J. , Dong, J., Wu, L., Shao, G. and Yang, H. (2015) Land Use/Cover Change and its Impact on Net Primary Productivity in Huangfuchuan Watershed Temperate Grassland, China. In: 2nd International Conference on Geo-Informatics in Resource Management and Sustainable Ecosystem (GRMSE 2014), Ypsilanti, MI, USA, 03-05 Oct 2014, pp. 664-683. ISBN 9783662457368 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-662-45737-5_65)

This list was generated on Sun Feb 25 16:17:04 2024 GMT.

Grants

The projects which I have led or supported the successful bidding since 2019, include:

  • Assessing Peatlands as Nature-Based Solutions for Mitigating Cascading Hazards in Scotland. Funding from National Centre for Resilience research fund. 2023. Role: Principal Investigator
  • Social and environmental impacts of Covid-19 pandemic in Vietnamese provinces bordering China and Laos following border closure. UKRI-GCRF/Newton Fund. 2020. £331,409. Role: Researcher Co-Investigator. Further details at https://covidborderclosures.wordpress.com
  • A blueprint for the equitable, resilient and ecologically sustainable development of Asia’s deltas. University of Sydney-Glasgow Partnership Collaboration Awards. 2020. $35,950 (AUD) (~£20,000). Role:Co-Investigator
  • Peatland restoration as a nature-based solution for reducing flood risk and achieving net-zero in the River Nith Catchment. College of Social Sciences Research Support Fund, University of Glasgow. 2021. £4,831. Role: Principal Investigator
  • Integrated approaches towards understanding the scientific and cultural value of wetlands and especially peatlands for climate mitigation. NERC Discipline Hopping call/University of Glasgow cross-disciplinary College fund. 2022. £10,000

Other projects I previously worked on include:

  • OPERANDUM: OPEn-air laboRAtories for Nature baseD solUtions to Manage environmental risks. European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. 2018. €14.7M. Role: Research Associate. Further details at: https://www.operandum-project.eu/
  • River basins as ‘living laboratories’ for achieving sustainable development goals across national and sub-national scales. UKRI Natural Environment Research Council. 2019. £399,237. Role: Research Associate. Further details at: https://luanhelivinglab.home.blog/
  • WaterLANDS: Water-based solutions for carbon storage, people and wilderness. European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. 2021. €23M. Role: Research Fellow. Further details at: https://www.waterlands.eu/

Supervision

I eagerly welcome inquiries from prospective students interested in pursuing their PhD studies with me. Before reaching out, kindly explore available funding opportunities and/or scholarships, if needed, to support your academic journey. For more information, please visit this link here for further details.

Current Academic Visitors: 

Haoxuan Xia, Zhengjiang University, China, 2023-2024

Qinyu Wu, China Univesity of Mining and Technology, 2023-2024

Current PhD students:

  • ZHANG, ZHENGXIN
    Co-evolution of ecosystem services and land-use change in the mountains of Eastern China.
  • Zhao, Jinyu
    Net-Zero Cities: A Comparative Study of Strategies, Barriers, Opportunities and Challenges

Professional activities & recognition

Editorial boards

  • 2022: Ecosystem Health and Sustainability
  • 2023: Frontiers in Forests and Global Change
  • 2023: Frontiers in Environmental Science
  • 2023: Sustainable Environment

Research datasets

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Number of items: 1.

2021

Xu, J. , Barrett, B. and Renaud, F. (2021) Ecosystem types and their respective ecosystem services (ES) and disservices (EDS) in the Luanhe River Basin, China. [Data Collection]

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Additional information

Professional Affiliations & Services

  • Member of FAO Peatlands and Climate Change Mitigation Group, European Geosciences Union, American Geophysical Union, British Society for Geomorphology, British Ecological Society Peatlands Research Group, Global Adaptation Mapping Initiative
  • Reviewer for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) grants
  • Reviewer for international journals: Computers and Electronics in Agriculture (Outstanding Reviewer), Climate Risk Management, Science of the Total Environment, Ecological Indicators, Land Use Policy, Sustainability Science, Ecological Engineering, Water, Sustainability, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Acta Ecologica Sinica
  • Visiting scholar of International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) - Panta Rhei

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